The official Americans United blog on legislation and activities of lawmakers.
Amidst all of the excitement and speculation that emerged on Friday upon the announcement that U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens would be retiring at the end of this term, another important news item revealed much about where we stand with Presidential nominees in need of Senate confirmation.
On Tuesday morning, I found out that a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday morning on a school prayer bill in the Florida House PreK-12 Education Policy Committee. This bill has been around for a number of years, and thankfully, hasn’t been passed by the legislature.
Senator Lieberman's DC voucher amendment was defeated yesterday in the Senate, 42-55! This is a great victory for public education and religious liberty! Hopefully, this will be one of the last attempts to expand vouchers in DC - we'll be watching closely for further developments.
This week, the Senate appears poised to finally take up an amendment sponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) that would extend and expand the failed DC school voucher program.
Today, we sent a letter to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which will hold a hearing tomorrow on the nomination of Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) to the post of Secretary of the Army.
On Monday, July 13, Judge Sotomayor will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee as they consider her nomination for the position of Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. As we all know, church-state separation is the kind of issue that morphs, grows, and hinges upon court decisions. Needless to say, we'll be watching closely.